Jill Starling and St. Agnes Place

Jill Starling is an author to watch! Her debut novel, St. Agnes Place, is told through the eyes of Shawnsy Stevens, a newly-divorced thirty-something who finds herself accepting a job at St. Agnes’; a place of hope and recovery for young women who are trying to leave  the street life. There she meets Leelee, Keisha, [...]

Toni Harris Teaches Us How to Take Drastic Steps!

I’m so happy that one of my very good friends is here on Curl Up and Write! Toni has taken so many drastic steps in her life, and as a busy motivational speaker, she’s put the steps that helped her change her life into a program that we can all do! Her book, Sometimes You [...]

Margaret Dilloway Handles Roses With Thorns

So two weeks ago I reviewed Margaret Dilloway’s lovely novel, The Care and Handling of Roses with Thorns. After reading her book I reached out to her for an interview, and was thrilled when she agreed. Keep reading to learn her writing process, how much research was involved in writing her book, and her worst [...]

Lola Jaye and “Being Lara”

I had the pleasure of reading, Being Lara, last month. And a pleasure it was! Being Lara follows the tale of Lara—a woman who has always known she was different. With her dark complexion and kinky hair, so unlike her fair-skinned parents, Lara learns at the age of eight the word "adopted." Twenty-two years [...]

Checking In to Check Out

So sorry for the lack of posts this summer! If you follow me on Twitter, (and why aren’t you? I’m a hoot!) then you know I’ve been sick, so I wasn’t posting much. But I’m back! Only to tell you that I won’t be posting any more this week, but I promise to bring you [...]

Cheri Paris Edwards Calls It Morning

I’ve had the privilege of reading most of Cheri’s work, and she knows that I’m screaming with envy at the beautiful way she sets her scenes and describes them. I have a problem with grounding my scenes, I tend to expect my reader to know exactly where my characters are without me telling them. Not [...]

Meg Donohue Teaches Me “How to Eat a Cupcake”!

Sometimes a you see the cover of a book, and the title alone makes you want to pick it up. “How to Eat a Cupcake” is one of those books. I mean, who doesn’t love a good cupcake? But don’t let the title fool you, “How to Eat a Cupcake” is not just about [...]

Book Review: Outside the Lines by Amy Hatvany

I had the pleasure of reading an early copy of Outside the Lines, and from the first page, just like her previous book, Best Kept Secret, Amy had me hooked.

The book is about Eden, a young woman searching for her father David. David suffers from mental illness and when she was ten years old, [...]

The Wonderfully Weird Eleanor Brown

Don’t look at that title and think it’s a diss, if you’ve read Eleanor’s book, The Weird Sisters then you know it’s a huge compliment. Eleanor’s book has done extremely well, and the reviews for the book have been phenomenal. The Miami Herald called it, “Delightful . . . That’s Brown’s gift: She draws you [...]

Passing Love With Jacqueline Luckett

I had the pleasure of meeting Jacqueline last summer at the National Black Book Festival. She taught me a valuable lesson and I blogged about it here. Jacqueline stopped by the blog to dish about her new book, Passing Love. It follows the story of Nicole-Marie Handy, a woman who has loved all things French [...]